Bloco Arquitetos gives “abstract character” to Cora House in Brasília

A stark white palette is used both outside and in this Brazilian home, designed by local firm Bloco Arquitetos as a series of angular volumes on a steep site. Cora House is situated on a sloping property in Brasília, and the incline of the land played a pivotal role in the massing of the building.

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Vilela Florez designs Bamboo House with herringbone exterior in rural Brazil

Bamboo slats are laid diagonally between the dark vertical ribs of this residence in Brazil, by architecture firm Vilela Florez. Bamboo House is a single-storey home that spans 1,938 square feet (180 square metres), with just the bedrooms and bathrooms fully enclosed and protected from the elements. The residence was designed by Vilela Florez in

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Green steel accents define MMS House in São Paulo by Pascali Semerdjian

Colourful steel windows punctuate the brick facade of this home in São Paulo, recently completed by local firm Pascali Semerdjian Arquitetos. The four-bedroom MMS House was built on a longitudinal lot in São Paulo. It encompasses 411 square metres, built over three storeys and a basement. From the streetfront, the home is protected by an

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Take a tour of Brazilian homes via our new Pinterest board

Our new Pinterest board features our pick of the best Brazilian homes, including a concrete residence in the foothills of the Sierra da Moeda mountain range that features a rooftop pool and a house inspired by a 1930s Adolf Loos villa. Follow Dezeen on…

All-white home by Bloco Arquitetos sits on compact plot in Brasília

A sloped roof tops this white house in Brazil’s capital, which architecture studio Bloco Arquitetos built within the initial masterplan for the city. The local firm designed 711H house for a couple with a child and two dogs. Built on the foundations of a single-storey home that had been demolished, it is located in a part of

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Perkins+Will places shuttered bedrooms atop pilotis at São Paulo house

Wooden shutters fold open along the length of this Brazilian home’s upper storey, which global architecture firm Perkins+Will raised on thin columns to create a shaded outdoor living space underneath. The Residencia Cidade Jardim in São Paulo comprises a series of perpendicular bars arranged on different levels. Ample outdoor areas are the focal point of

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Studio Guilherme Torres brings “rock ‘n’ roll” atmosphere to São Paulo house

Studio Guilherme Torres has transformed a family home in Brazil into a contemporary pad for a DJ and music producer. It took nearly two years to complete the renovation of MV House, which is located in São Paulo and measures 9,149 square feet (850 square metres). Based locally, Studio Guilherme Torres refurbished the white Spanish colonial style

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Estúdio BRA creates slender urban home for young couple in São Paulo

Brazilian firm Estúdio BRA Arquitetura has designed a compact house for a long and narrow parcel of land, incorporating front and rear courtyards, and a rooftop deck. The Pirajá House occupies a four-by-24-metre lot in the Pinheiros district in São Paulo. Designed for a young couple and their dog, the project entailed razing most of

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Concrete balcony extends from Brazilian house by Felipe Rodrigues

Brazilian architect Felipe Rodrigues has created a split-level house, with a glazed living area between thin concrete planes that project from a hillside. Moenda House is situated on an expansive 215,278 square feet (20,000 square metres) of property in southeastern Brazil, with views of the Mantiqueira mountains. The land was subdivided from an existing farm, with over

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Terra e Tuma creates narrow concrete house for dense area of São Paulo

Brazilian studio Terra e Tuma has designed a slender urban home with concrete block walls and rooms organised around two interior courtyards. The Mipibu House occupies a long, slender lot in a dense neighbourhood in São Paulo. The dwelling is surrounded by low-scale dwellings with red-tiled roofs. “This house represents a very common situation in

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David Guerra wraps Brazilian house around courtyard filled with tropical plants

A cluster of cement- and stone-covered volumes conceal a garden of bushy grass, palm trees and colourful plants that architect David Guerra has created at the centre of this house in southeast Brazil. Comprising one- and two-storey cubes, Valley House II is a sprawling 7,500 square feet (696-square-metre) residence located on an elevated site in Nova

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Concrete ribs cradle brickwork walls at Bloco Arquitetos’ Brasília residence

Concrete ribs extend across the brick walls of this house on the outskirts of Brasília, Brazil, which Bloco Arquitetos has designed as two pavilion-like structures linked by an outdoor path. Casa Vila Rica is located 40 kilometres away from the centre of the Brazilian capital city on a gentle slope overlooking a valley filled with native vegetation. Bloco Arquitetos designed

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Terracotta-tinged walls match the surrounding mountains in Bernardes Arquitetura’s Casa Terra

This house in a mountainous district near Rio de Janeiro features pigmented concrete walls and a broad overhanging roof that enclose a sequence of living spaces opening directly onto the landscaped grounds. Casa Terra is situated within the prosperous Itaipava area, where many wealthy residents of the Brazilian city have holiday homes served by high-end restaurants, members’

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Studio MK27 takes cues from Brazilian modernism for Osler House in Brasília

Brazilian studio Studio MK27 has rotated the top volume of this concrete house in Brasília so it extends out over a narrow swimming pool to rest on a pair of stilts. Osler House is located at top of one of the Paranoá Lake estuaries in Brazil’s capital, which was masterplanned in 1958 by famous modernist architects Lucio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer. This prompted

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Reflecting pool divides two wings of São Paulo house by Jacobsen Arquitetura

A decked walkway extends across the surface of a shallow pool to separate the two main wings of this house in São Paulo, which are lined with rows of timber columns. São Paulo-based Jacobsen Arquitetura chose to position the property on the highest part of its sloping site to enhance the views and minimise overlooking from neighbouring

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Gui Mattos perches timber-clad box on top of pyramidal ceiling at Brazilian beach house

A concrete ceiling in the form of an inverted pyramid opens up towards its edges to provide views of the surrounding rainforest from inside this house close to Brazil’s Itamambuca beach. São Paulo studio Arquitetura Gui Mattos designed the family residence for a plot surrounded by dense, verdant forest near to the popular beach, where

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Concrete volume appears to rest on glass in Brazilian house by FGMF Arquitetos

Brazilian firm FGMF Arquitetos has built a São Paulo home around a steel frame embedded into a concrete wall, allowing the use of extensive glazing that offers views down a verdant hillside. The narrow Mattos House sits on a slope within the hilly city. A series of three platforms step down from the home’s entrance to

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Estúdio Casa G overhauls open-sided concrete villa in the Amazon

Estúdio Casa G has completed a residence in the Brazilian rainforest, creating a home within the concrete shell of an existing structure and building a new pavilion for social spaces. The project is located in the vicinity of Belém, in the north of Brazil. It was built as a natural retreat for its owners to escape

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Plant-filled courtyards create natural enclaves in Brazilian home by AZM Arquitetos

São Paulo firm AZM Arquitetos has built a home in the city that expands onto a verdant lawn, while a series of planted spaces open to the sky continue the greenery through the property. The home is situated in Alto de Pinheiros, a residential district of the large Brazilian city. The architects organised the floor

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Gardens are interspersed through Brasília home by Samuel Lamas

Living spaces at this house near Brasília are contained in a cluster of offset boxes with full-height glazing that faces out onto gardens slotted between them. House 28 was designed by local architect Samuel Lamas for a family looking for a home that would offer an enhanced connection with nature, on a site that is just ten minutes from

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MF+ Arquitetos creates modernist-inspired house with walled garden in Brazil

A walled garden filled with tropical plants flanks a glazed hallway at this house in the Brazilian town of Franca, which is influenced by the country’s modernist architecture. Local firm MF+ Arquitetos designed Casa MCNY for a couple with two daughters, who wanted a large property with plenty of natural light and ventilation. The house’s simple

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Brick screens are set into framework of concrete columns and beams at Casa Grid

Bloco Arquitetos has created an extra storey for a family home in Brasília by adding a stilted concrete structure that incorporates panels of perforated brickwork. The local practice designed Casa Grid for a client who had bought a large lot containing an existing property in the Lago Sul neighbourhood of the Brazilian capital. The architects were tasked with adapting and

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MAPA builds two prefabricated houses in Brazilian mountain landscape

Architecture studio MAPA has revealed the latest project from its prefabricated building company Minimod, a pair of factory-made houses at an estate surrounded by mountains in Brazil (+ slideshow). The Brazil- and Uruguay-based firm has installed two small guesthouses at the Fazenda Catuçaba estate – a historic coffee plantation on the edge of a nature reserve between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Both More

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Casa MS by Studio Arthur Casas features both opaque and transparent facades

Glass walls slides and fold open to completely reveal the living spaces of this house in Brazil by Studio Arthur Casas, allowing residents to look out on their swimming pool and over the golf course beyond (+ slideshow). Casa MS is situated at the Fazenda Boa Vista golf resort, around 100 kilometres west of São Paulo. It was designed by local firm Studio Arthur More

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Campana brothers use palm fibre to give hairy texture to São Paulo house

Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana have built a house in São Paulo that is covered in palm fibre to give it a hairy exterior (+ slideshow). Located in the city’s leafy Jardim Paulista neighbourhood, the four-storey house takes its cues from Brazil’s indigenous housing, where fibres from the piassava palm are used to create a shield against the tropical heat. The Campana brothers applied this More

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Cerrado House by Vazio features terraces overlooking Brazil’s Sierra da Moeda mountains

Architects office Vazio has completed a concrete residence in the foothills of the Sierra da Moeda mountain range in southeast Brazil, featuring a rooftop pool and terrace (+ slideshow). The rooftop is accessed via a broad flight of steps that cut into the textured concrete exterior of the 320-square-metre residence, which is named Cerrado House. A landing halfway to the top offers residents More

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Jungle House by Studio MK27 features a rooftop pool with views over a Brazilian rainforest

A swimming pool on the roof of this concrete residence by Brazilian office Studio MK27 sits within the dense canopy of a coastal rainforest in São Paulo state (+ slideshow). Studio MK27 nestled Jungle House within a clearing in the dense vegetation covering the mountainous terrain of Sao Paulo’s coastline. To take full advantage of the scenic landscape, the architects placed the primary living spaces More

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Angular concrete slabs frame Brazilian house Casa Bosques

Brazilian firm Studio Colnaghi Arquitetura has completed a house in Xangrilá, Brazil, featuring a concrete-framed games room that projects out over a poolside terrace (+ slideshow). Locally based Studio Colnaghi Arquitetura designed Casa Bosques as a holiday home with plenty of opportunities for family and friends to socialise. As a result, the property contains several large open areas, both inside and out. Glazed walls allow these spaces to open out to More

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Four concrete towers make up Metro’s BN House in São Paulo

Courtyards, balconies and roof terraces all features in this São Paulo house by local studio Metro, which is made up of four separate but connected concrete towers (+ slideshow). Named BN House, the property is designed to offer plenty of opportunities for residents to make the most of the warm Brazilian climate. As well as More

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RMAA divides concrete residence in São Paulo into daytime and nighttime quarters

This concrete residence in the state of São Paulo is split into a “night floor” and “daytime floor”, designed by architects office RMAA to provide different levels of connection with a forest-facing patio (+ slideshow). São Paulo-based RMAA designed LG House for a one-hectare site bordering the picturesque forest near Bragança Paulista, a commuter town around an hour north of the More

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Narrow São Paulo house rebuilt for an elderly resident by Terra e Tuma

Brazilian office Terra e Tuma has demolished and rebuilt the narrow São Paulo home of an elderly woman to combat numerous problems with structure and sanitation (+ slideshow). Villa Matilde has been the home of Ms Dalva for decades, but it had become severely dilapidated over time. Her son initially wanted to move her elsewhere, but later realised it would More

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Half-Slope House nestles against a hillside in Brazil’s Mantiqueira Mountains

This house by São Paulo architects Denis Joelsons and Gabriela Baraúna Uchida is built against the steep terrain of the Mantiqueira Mountains in south-east Brazil and sheltered beneath a large sloping roof (+ slideshow). Located just outside the village of São Francisco Xavier, Half-Slope House straddles a retaining wall left over from the demolition of a previous building. More

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Bloco Arquitetos bases geometric Brazilian home on a classic Modernist residence

The cubic construction of this house in Brasília by local studio Bloco Arquitetos reveals the layout of spaces inside and was influenced by a 1930s villa designed by Modernist architect Adolf Loos (+ slideshow). The Paineira House was designed by Bloco Arquitetos for a plot in the Brazilian capital dominated by a 15-metre-tall paineira tree. The house comprises a More

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HLM House by Rafael Lorentz is a hilltop Brazil residence built from white concrete

An arched wall forms the back of this white concrete residence by architect Rafael Lorentz, which stands on a hilltop in the Brazilian countryside (+ slideshow). HLM House sits atop a grassy hill on the outskirts of Santa Maria, a city in the country’s southern-most state of Rio Grande do Sul. Porto Alegre-based Rafael Lorentz selected white concrete for the building’s structure, which […]

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Casa 2V by BR3 Arquitetos features a bridge, a courtyard and a granite-topped staircase

A concrete staircase with a granite surfaces is suspended inside the atrium of this house in Porto Alegre, Brazil, which is divided into two parts connected by a bridge (+ slideshow). Casa 2V was designed by local office BR3 Arquitetos for a couple in their mid 30s and their two young children, who wanted plenty of space indoors […]

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Casa Mororó by Studio MK27 is a 65-metre-long house in rural Brazil

This 65-metre-long house in the Brazilian countryside was designed by Studio MK27 to be opaque at one end and transparent at the other (+ slideshow). Led by architect Marcio Kogan, the São Paulo studio planned Casa Mororó for a mountainous region over 100 miles outside the city, where temperatures rarely exceed 20 degrees Celsius. Related […]

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Red wood corridor forms entrance to concrete home in Brazil by Studio Guilherme Torres

An entranceway lined with planks of red-brown wood punctures the concrete facade of this family home arranged around a courtyard in Brazil (+ slideshow). São Paulo studio Studio Guilherme Torres designed AN House for a couple with three teenage daughters in Maringá, a city in the southern Brazilian state of Paraná. Related story: MAPA’s XAN House in Brazil […]
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Casa Redux by Studio MK27: the cause of a marriage collapse?

Could this modern concrete and glass house have been the catalyst for the end of a marriage? Yes, according to a black and white movie made by Studio MK27, the architects behind the project (+ movie). Studio MK27, the firm led by Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan, produced the short film to accompany its recent project […]

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